All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 166 points (-1.0%) at 16,455 as of Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 990 issues advancing vs. 1,939 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Korea Electric Power

(

KEP

), down 2.1%, and

Huaneng Power International

(

HNP

), down 2.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3.

Consolidated Edison

(

ED

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Consolidated Edison is up $0.45 (0.6%) to $72.03 on light volume. Thus far, 631,342 shares of Consolidated Edison exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.07-$72.31 after having opened the day at $71.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.58.

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Consolidated Edison, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in regulated electric, gas, and steam delivery businesses in the United States. Consolidated Edison has a market cap of $20.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Consolidated Edison a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Consolidated Edison

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

Consolidated Edison Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

PG&E

(

PCG

) is up $0.76 (1.4%) to $57.24 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of PG&E exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.19-$57.29 after having opened the day at $56.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.48.

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PG&E Corporation, through its subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, transmits, delivers, and sells electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers primarily in northern and central California. PG&E has a market cap of $27.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate PG&E a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

PG&E

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

PG&E Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

PPL

(

PPL

) is up $0.27 (0.8%) to $36.27 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.90-$36.36 after having opened the day at $36.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.00.

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PPL Corporation, a utility company, delivers electricity and natural gas in the United States and the United Kingdom. It serves 321,000 natural gas and 397,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties; and 543,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and 5 counties in Virginia. PPL has a market cap of $24.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate PPL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

PPL

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

PPL Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the utilities sector could consider

Utilities Select Sector SPDR

(

XLU

) while those bearish on the utilities sector could consider

ProShares UltraShort Utilities

(

SDP

).